You’d be surprised at how often this question/statement is (usually loudly) uttered as soon as a host or even a chef finds out the guest is a vegetarian or even worse, vegan.

All of a sudden you have two heads and are being the most unreasonable person on the planet. The truth is, everyone should know how to cook for and eat vegetarian fare. After all, meat is just a part of our diet.

Isn’t it?

The fact is, with the advent of modern medicine, food and all advice about it has been shifted squarely into the lap of doctors – who incidentally, do not study either nutrition or cooking. So why would you? And industry-penned books (meat, wheat, dairy) are now used in schools across the globe to teach young adults home economics. The food pyramid and 5 food groups are now considered to be the rule of thumb for healthy eating.


They’re not.

Once the domain of housewives (and even husbands), food, gardening, herbal medicine and even midwifery, it has now become something feared. The importance of our temples (aka bodies) has taken a very poor second place to convenience.



Nowadays, children don’t even want to know about vegetables. I was recently proudly told by a mature gentleman, that he has never eaten vegetables. And it shows. Sorry, but it does. Cooked food putrefies. Meat cannot help but decay with oxidation and acidic environment (our bodies). And the side effects of all of that is gas, necrosis and chronic ill health.

But this book is not about health – well, only part of it is for those who will no doubt argue with you about your new found hobby. Believe me, once you see how easy it is to cook vegetarian food, and how good it tastes (most people who eat at my house either don’t know there is no meat or ask how to make it) it will become a habit.


And considering 1 in 10 are now vegetarian and organic eating is fast becoming THE 21st century way to eat, how come more of a fuss isn’t being made? Well, I guess if big pharma could make money from it they would – if 1 in 10 people were suffering from a particular disease, they’d be out there raising funding and research money.

Hang on, they ARE making money out of it – Monsanto, that big, ugly creature responsible for so many deaths, is in the process of making ALL seeds on the planet Roundup Ready. That means that unless your food has been grown with this pesticide gene, it will not last on this planet. Don’t laugh, they are currently buying up all seed stock and destroying what they can’t modify.


But this book is not about the politics of food stocks. Just know that the number one factor in health is your diet – there is no way around that little detail. No pill, no exercise program, no operation and no money will change that.


Do you know how many celebrities and athletes are vegetarian/vegan? It may shock you. I’ve had celebrities request my food. Many have driven hundreds of kms just for a meal. Others have written for recipes across the globe. I’ve also developed recipes for various companies who make vegetarian ingredients. Well, I had to come up with something good in between all those terrible dishes in the early days.

Which celebrities, athletes and health experts are vegan? It’s all in the book…


My kids still prefer my food to restaurant food. Many a time we’ve eaten out and once finished, someone will pipe up with “Not as good as our food….” It’s true. If you can name any favourite meal, I’ll come up with an alternative for you. This book is full of alternatives – from fast food to gourmet. And anyone can make it. My kids have been cooking full meals from before the age of 10 – and better than many adults’ food I’ve had the misfortune of eating.

You can do entire banquets by following this book. You can do entire kids’ parties. Or you can just make little changes to your family’s eating habits. Try the South African introduction, Meatless Mondays. Or like many are doing, one vegetarian meal a day, or one vegetarian day a week.

You wont believe how easy it is to make entirely organic vegan meals.


The favourite dish in our house.

No one will even know it is not meat. Guests will want the recipe.

Not only will you love it, but your body will too.















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